Three pictures, a column and the mindset of Syed Talat Hussain

The first few paragraphs in Syed Talat Hussain’s op-ed today offer his choice and analysis of three pictures. However, more than anything else, this choice and analysis also betrays his mindset, explaining why this excellent anchor sometimes acts as a spokesperson of Pakistan Army in emitting a populist anti-USA and anti-India rhetoric. Here is the piece I am referring to:

A worrying contrast —Syed Talat Hussain

Three pictures in Tuesday’s newspapers were worth more than a million-word analysis of Pakistan’s glum political situation, foretelling worrying future trends.

One had President Asif Ali Zardari, wearing all the royal airs his designation commands, chairing a meeting, at the end of which assurances were given to party members that there was no chance of mid-term elections in the country.

The other showed an earnest-looking Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani administering polio drops to a child in the firm custody of the mother, as a battery of fawning assistants display smiles more civilised societies would prefer to reserve for humanity-saving breakthroughs in medical science.

The third changed the scene dramatically. In the rough and rugged terrain of South Waziristan stood General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, with half a smirk, and three Mehsud tribesmen offering a promotional prayer for the success of two new road-construction projects inaugurated as part of the effort to quickly rebuild and develop the FATA region.

All three men are important. Their words and deeds can make or break this country’s path to progress and security. The difference is that the first two are elected leaders, and are expected to be dynamic helmsmen, charting brave policy course for a bright national future. The last one is at best an implementer, an executioner of plans his political bosses draw.

Source: Daily Times



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